Structural work - before

Structural work - before

Tear repair and retouch: A heavy object fell through the front of this painting, resulting in a large tear and extensive paint loss.

Structural work - after

Structural work - after

The tear was repaired, the large loss filled, and the missing area inpainted

Structural work - detail

Structural work - detail

Detail of damaged area after tear repair and filling

Structural work - detail

Structural work - detail

Detail of damaged area after treatment

Surface Cleaning

Surface Cleaning

This painting was in the home of a heavy smoker for many years. The deposited nicotine was removed with pH-adjusted water.

Surface Cleaning

Surface Cleaning

This painting was in the home of a heavy smoker for many years. The deposited nicotine was removed with pH-adjusted water.

Surface Cleaning

Surface Cleaning

The effloresence on the surface of this painting produced a haze that obscured the clarity of the colours, and it was removed with a dry cleaning technique. The left hand side has been cleaned.

Surface Cleaning

Surface Cleaning

The coffee splashed on the painting was removed with a wet-cleaning technique.

Surface Cleaning

Surface Cleaning

Painting during surface cleaning, showing the amount of dirt removed.

Removal of discoloured varnish

Removal of discoloured varnish

The discoloured varnish was removed with solvents, and a new, non-yellowing varnish applied.

During varnish removal

During varnish removal

The discoloured varnish was removed with solvents, and a new, non-yellowing varnish applied.

Treatment of cracked paint - before

Treatment of cracked paint - before

Raised cracks caused by a poorly tensioned canvas being in contact with the central stretcher bar

Treatment of cracked paint - after

Treatment of cracked paint - after

The edges of the cracks were flattened and consolidated, and the cracks filled and retouched. The painting was given a stretcher-bar lining to help protect the paint layers from further cracking

Flaking and loss - before

Flaking and loss - before

The artist re-used an old canvas, and a layer of dirt on the original paint prevented the new paint from adhering properly to the underlying layer. This resulted in severe flaking and loss

Flaking and loss - after

Flaking and loss - after

The flaking paint was consolidated, the loss filled, and the missing area inpainted

Severe blistering and flaking

Severe blistering and flaking

The artist used incompatible materials that resulted in severe blistering and flaking. The problem was compounded by the fact the painting was hung above a radiator and was exposed to fluctuating temperatures. The blistering paint was successfully flattened and consolidated.

Blistering paint

Blistering paint

The artist used incompatible materials that resulted in severe blistering and flaking. The problem was compounded by the fact the painting was hung above a radiator and was exposed to fluctuating temperatures. The blistering paint was successfully flattened and consolidated.

Scratch - before

Scratch - before

The painting had a large scratch across its centre, which was retouched

Scratch - after

Scratch - after

The painting had a large scratch across its centre, which was retouched

Consolidation of flaking paint

Consolidation of flaking paint

The combination of matt paint and the presence of exposed canvas in this painting meant that the consolidant used to adhere the flaking paint had to be carefully chosen so as not to affect the gloss or saturation of the original paint or the canvas.

Retouched scuff - before

Retouched scuff - before

This large painting had suffered a typical scuff damage along its bottom edge, likely caused by a bag brushing against it.

Retouched scuff - after

Retouched scuff - after

This large painting had suffered a typical scuff damage along its bottom edge, likely caused by a bag brushing against it. The scuff was retouched.

Replacement of old retouching

Replacement of old retouching

This old retouching was discoloured, and the fill too smooth in texture

Replacement of old retouching

Replacement of old retouching

The old fill and retouching were removed and replaced with a textured fill; the new fill was retouched to blend in with the surrounding area

Treatment of mold damage - before

Treatment of mold damage - before

The painting had been stored in humid conditions, and was disfigured by black mold spots

Treatment of mold damage - after

Treatment of mold damage - after

Most of the mold was removed, and the appearance of the spots improved by retouching

Treatment of water stain - before

Treatment of water stain - before

The appearance of the water staining was improved by retouching.

Treatment of water stain - after

Treatment of water stain - after

The appearance of the water staining was improved by retouching.

Repaired dent and scuff - Before

Repaired dent and scuff - Before

This painting fell against a piano, leaving a dent and a large, scuffed deposit of piano lacquer.

Repaired dent and scuff - after

Repaired dent and scuff - after

The dent was treated first, most of the lacquer was removed with solvents, and the remaining marks retouched.

Padded backboard

Padded backboard

Small scale paintings like this can benefit from a padded backboard

Padded backboard

Padded backboard

Polyester wadding is adhered to a lightweight backboard

Padded backboard

Padded backboard

The backboard is attached to the back of the painting: the polyester wadding sits just shy of the back of the canvas, and provides a cushioning effect to the painting

Stretcher-bar lining

Stretcher-bar lining

Polyester sailcloth is fed behind the stretcher bars, pulled taut, and attached the reverse of the stretcher

Stretcher-bar lining

Stretcher-bar lining

A stretcher-bar lining is an excellent preventive measure suitable for larger paintings. It protects the reverse of the canvas, and also prevents the canvas from contacting the stretcher bars; this helps to protect paintings from the knocks and vibrations associated with handling and transportation

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